How To Program Your Workouts Around Your Menstrual Cycle

I hear it so often from women at the gym: “Oh my gosh! I’m so tired.  I don’t know why I’m so tired! One of the first things I will then ask them usually is: “Are you about to get your period?” Then the light bulb goes off in their heads, and I’ll usually get some response like: “You know … Read More

Friday Fit Tip – Are You Giving Yourself Enough Rest?

I was talking with one of my clients the other day, and she was telling me how she feels so guilty on the days when she doesn’t get a workout done. Mind you…she is a new mom with a 6 month old baby on her hands. Although this is an amazing and exciting time in her life, it can also … Read More

5 “Crunch Free” Core Exercises

  You’ve probably heard somewhere along the line that crunches and sit-ups are the more “functional” way to a stronger core -especially if you participate in CrossFit (or some fitness program similar to it).  You’ll find most often that sit-ups are part of the daily WOD at least a few days per week in these types of gym settings.  But … Read More

Pancake Butt and The Postpartum Mama

Let’s talk about those glutes this week -shall we??  (BTW…the picture above is from one of the greatest movies ever…Uncle Buck…I know I just aged myself.)  Some ladies are simply blessed with a little more filling back there, and others of us -well -we have to work for it a little more (myself included)!  Regardless of that, it’s so important … Read More

Modifications For The Pregnant CrossFit Athlete

I have pretty much been an athlete my entire life.  So, when I took up weightlifting as a teenager, the workouts I did in the gym were not the typical workouts in which most teenage girls partake (e.g. endless amounts of crunches, sit-ups, and minutes slaving away on the treadmill).  I’ve always lifted heavily in the gym, and challenged myself … Read More

Prolapse Friendly Exercise

In my last post, I covered more general information regarding pelvic organ prolapse like what it is, the three types of vaginal prolapses, what causes a prolapse, and what are some possible signs and symptoms of one.  If you missed that post, you can go here for some further reading. For those of you that would like the quick and … Read More

Prenatal Fitness Myths Revisited, Part 2

So, last week I was doing a prenatal fitness consultation with a mama in her second trimester. We were going over some of the things you should and shouldn’t do as they relate to prenatal exercise. She told me at one point in our conversation that her doctor gave her some very general recommendations as well -one of them being … Read More

The American Kettlebell Swing, Part II: Readiness Self Assessment

So now that you know how to properly hip hinge, let’s carry on with the next part of our kettlebell swing discussion.  If you missed last week’s post covering the technique of both swings, you can read about it here!  Now, just because you can properly hinge for a swing, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are ready to go overhead … Read More

The Kettlebell Swing, Part I: To Hip Hinge or Squat?

I had an athlete approach me after class earlier this week to ask about whether the correct execution of the kettlebell swing involved hip hinging or squatting.  So, I thought I would take the opportunity to answer it for many of you who may be wondering the same thing. As a fitness professional that moonlights as a CrossFit coach, I very … Read More

Fit Tip

Just because you can lift heavy things overhead doesn’t necessarily mean you should doing so right from the start. Pressing without the proper shoulder mobility, thoracic spine mobility, and core stability is like building a strong house on top of a weak foundation…sooner or later something is going to give. Here are two quick assessments to find out if you … Read More